STEP on Developing Active Learning Community for an Online Course
Harrison Hao Yang, Faith Maina, State University of New York at Oswego, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Atlanta, GA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-52-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
This paper presents how a sound practical approach was designed and then implemented in a graduate asynchronous online course, including scaffolds before initiating class and starting new learning topics, transitions during the learning process in order to avoid the lack of personal touches and no-verbal cues, evaluations during and after each learning topic, and presentations on outcomes through the website (STEP). The effectiveness of STEP approach and students' perceptions of common factors in both on-line learning environment and traditional classroom: role of instructor, role of students, interactions, and learning materials, were examined after the course. Conclusion and recommendation of establishing active learning environment for distance learning courses are provided.
Yang, H.H. & Maina, F. (2004). STEP on Developing Active Learning Community for an Online Course. In R. Ferdig, C. Crawford, R. Carlsen, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2004--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 751-760). Atlanta, GA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).